Some People Think That All University Students Should Study Whatever They Like

Some people think that all university students should study whatever they like. Others believe that they should only be allowed to study subjects that will be useful in the future, such as those related to science and technology.

Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.

This essay question is from Cambridge IELTS 10 Test 2 Writing Task 2.

Sample Essay

Some people feel that all college students should study subjects they are interested in, while others claim that only the ones that will benefit their future should be allowed. I agree with the former viewpoint because students can increase the likelihood of having a successful career if they study subjects they like.

On the one hand, it is a good investment for students to study courses that will be useful in the future. Many people take on huge student loans to go to college. By earning a technology-related degree, for example, they can increase their chances of getting high-paying jobs, since tech giants such as Google and Facebook have high demand for this type of talent. In this way, they can pay off their debts and even go on to live a comfortable material life. However, I think not everyone is talented in technology. If they are forced to study related disciplines, they may fail to graduate, which would be a great waste of their college loans.

On the other hand, those pursuing subjects they have a passion for are more likely to succeed in their careers. When a student is truly passionate about what they study, they will put in more effort than their peers, and be more likely to become expert (Here, “expert” is an adjective.) in those subject areas. Therefore, I think all university students should have the freedom to pursue their passion in college so that every one of them can have the opportunity to become successful in the career they love.

In conclusion, although studying disciplines that will be useful in the future may be a good investment, I believe all students should follow their passion when choosing a major because this can improve their chances of career success.

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Task Response

Note that the question says “all university students should study whatever they like”. Thus, we need to address “all”. Read the red part in the essay to see how I addressed it.

How to Vary Your Language

Study whatever they like
  • Subjects/Disciplines/Courses they have a passion for
  • Subjects they are passionate about
  • Subjects they are interested in
Subjects that will be useful in the future
  • Subjects that will benefit their future
Subjects related to science and technology
  • Scientific and technological subjects
  • Technology-related degrees

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  1. What do you think about the following answer? Your comments are highly appreciated.

    It is believed that every university student should learn any subject of their choice however, another suggestion is that the pupils should only be directed to study STEM areas (science, technology) which have a higher potential in future. In my opinion, it will be highly beneficial if undergraduates would follow STEM related courses as it open avenues for a variety of career opportunities than other streams.
    University students tend to follow different fields in their learning process according to their liking and inborn talents hence it gives them a self satisfaction. Some may like aesthetic subjects whereas others find scientific areas more interesting. For an example, students who have an inherent ability to singing, dancing, arts, etc may have a tendency to follow art stream at universities on the other hand, students who are more interested in various research and development related work may find their study path at Science faculty. Therefore undergraduates may select their field of study according to their personal preference or talents.
    However, with the increased competitiveness in the job market and their prospects, many students are likely to study more science and technology related subjects. For an example, currently around 60% of the global workforce engages in Information Technology related careers due to the attractive benefits over other jobs such as ability to perform the tasks in a more flexible environment, higher salaries, better medical facilities, etc. Hence many undergraduates are benefited while inclining their studies towards science and technology.
    In conclusion, there are views as to whether students should use their personal preference or current demand to choose their field of study. In my opinion, choosing subjects depending on their current demand and prospects would be more advantageous than relying on individual likes and talents.

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